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MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW:
A story within a story that cleverly follows a sleepy little hedgehog through the steps of preparation for bedtime...The story within the story is presented in more formal, enhanced print, in hypnotic verse, and features a sleepy little bear whose mama is also preparing for bed. Adorable soft colored detailed illustrations add to the quieting peace and palpable love of this charming double bedtime story, and in the end, a tired little Sami (the hedgehog) closes her eyes, having denied her need for bedtime to the last page. "Don't Turn the Page!" is a bedtime story that will be quickly beloved by toddlers and preschoolers everywhere.
KIRKUS BOOK REVIEW
This book within a book tells the story of a little hedgehog who resists reading a bedtime story about a little bear—or is it also a story about a little bear who reads a book about a little hedgehog?...A charming, metafictive good night.
The title may make readers suspect that they’re in for dire warnings in the vein of The Monster at the End of This Book, but Burk (Tree House in a Storm) actually has delay tactics on the mind. A hedgehog named Sami knows that the end of a bedtime story means it’s bedtime. “I’ll let you read one more page,” Sami tells her mother in one of several small capitulations that satisfy her curiosity about the story they’re reading, about a bear’s preparations for bed. However, Burk doesn’t avoid metafiction entirely. Downing’s (Spooky Friends) illustrations shift between cozy scenes in Sami’s tree-trunk home and equally snug images of the mother bear and cub in the book. There’s more: Sami has a toy bear, the bear in her book has a stuffed hedgehog, and both animals are reading the same book that (human) readers are holding. That final touch is an oft-seen visual Easter egg, but in this case, it underscores a reality-bending connection between reader and text, especially after the last pages reveal that the bear family may not be fictional after all. Gentle yet clever stuff. Ages 3–8.
KLR (Kid Lit Reviews)
"A cozy story for little ones who try their best to stay awake, with a story within a story within a story! This should ease all cubs, hoglets and children off to Dreamland." — Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library
"Julie Downing creates a lush night-time world, inhabited by two endearing toddlers and their loving Mamas. Someone is being read to, but in this clever bedtime story there lies an unexpected and delightful twist."
— Ashley Wolff, illustrator of the Miss Bindergarten books
"This book is sure to be the go to book for kids getting ready for bed...a cute little book that my three year old ran away with. "~ Jessica Porter, Crossroad Reviews.com
The magic of a picture book is that if you only read the words or only look at the pictures, you're missing something. It's when the two join together that the depth of the story shines through.
|Sing a song (to the tune of "Row Your Boat"|
|Help Sami get to bed!|